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  • jax
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The Department of Urban Affairs
This thread is about cities and civilised life; the centralised conglomeration of constructions and the people who live in or under them, as well as the people passing by; their planners, shapers, and runners; their light, their shade and activities; their impact on the world around them and on each other; citizen getting along or across with citizen; their tools, trade, and technology; their growth and decay; and whatever else it takes to finish this sentence.

Be urbane.

  • Belfrager
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Reply #150
I've done duck, chicken,[1] and fish. But the free hunter still needs to realize that the forest strawberry is edible.  :P
Hunters were also gatherers , you can eat your strawberries in peace. :)
A matter of attitude.

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Re: The Department of Urban Affairs
Reply #151
Some urban beauty contests, starting with the EIU liveability ranking.

The EIU ranking is based on a selection of 140 cities worldwide ranked on five criteria, Stability (25%), Healthcare (20%), Culture & Environment (25%), Education (10%), Infrastructure (20%). And the 2016 winners are:

  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Calgary, Canada
  • Adelaide, Australia
  • Perth, Australia
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Hamburg, Germany

Or in video form:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2x9upK6oGU


But these 140 cities have actually become less liveable, as the cities in decline have lost more than the other cities have improved.

Most improved cities over five years (ranking) ∆ score
  • Tehran Iran (126) +5.0
  • Dubai UAE (74) +4.6
  • Harare Zimbabwe (133) +4.4
  • Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire (128) +3.8
  • Kuwait City Kuwait (81)  +2.5
  • Kathmandu Nepal (124) +2.3
  • Warsaw Poland (65) +2.1
  • Bratislava Slovakia (63) +1.7
  • Baku Azerbaijan (103) +1.6
  • Honolulu US (17) +1.3


Greatest decline over five years (ranking) ∆ score
  • Damascus Syria (140)  -26.1 
  • Kiev Ukraine (131)  -25.1 
  • Detroit US (57) -5.7 
  • Moscow Russia (80) -5.6 
  • Bahrain Bahrain (91) -4.6 
  • Tripoli Libya (139) -4.5 
  • St Petersburg Russia (76) -4.4 
  • Paris France (32) -3.7 
  • Athens Greece (69) -3.4 
  • Caracas Venezuela (123) -3.3

  • jax
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Re: The Department of Urban Affairs
Reply #152
Then a branding agency has made a ranking of the world's most reputable cities.

They have polled 23,000 people in the G8 countries, and ranked 55 cities based on 23 criteria in esteem, economy, environment, and government. Further details are not available.

  • Sydney
  • Vienna
  • Zürich
  • Toronto
  • Stockholm
  • Edinburgh
  • Montreal
  • Rome
  • Vancouver
  • Copenhagen
  • Helsinki
  • Venice
  • Melbourne
  • Barcelona
  • Madrid
  • Frankfurt
  • Amsterdam
  • San Francisco
  • Tokyo
  • Dublin

The six cities at the bottom are: New Delhi, Istanbul, Mexico City, Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, Cairo.

  • ersi
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Edinburgh
Are you sure it shouldn't be Glasgow there?

  • Belfrager
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Re: The Department of Urban Affairs
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a branding agency
Information to trust about.
A matter of attitude.

  • jax
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Re: The Department of Urban Affairs
Reply #155
An alternative approach to bike sharing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMkqVZ-EpG0

  • jax
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Re: The Department of Urban Affairs
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One cool consequence is that when you get rid of the racks you also make the system provider-independent, there could be different and independent schemes providing you with the bicycle of choice.

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This Wired Future City feature on Shenzhen could fit in many places, China, technology, history of technology, politics, but ultimately it is about urban affairs.

https://youtu.be/SGJ5cZnoodY

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Re: The Department of Urban Affairs
Reply #157
One cool consequence is that when you get rid of the racks you also make the system provider-independent, there could be different and independent schemes providing you with the bicycle of choice.
I think the racks are primarily about ensuring availability,[1] although of course it also keeps the amount of technology that can fail lower. There may be a 100,000 bikes in Shanghai, but what if there isn't a single one near you? (Apologies if the vid mentioned; I only skimmed it which is more effective in reading.)
Meaning things like trucking them around from one collection point to another, or into the shop as necessary based on the number of km, etc.

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Why More People Didn't Get Hurt in Times Square

Pedestrian injuries in New York City's most crowded space have plummeted since a recent redesign. But the real fix is to ban cars entirely.




Twenty-two people were injured and one person was killed when a driver raced through a busy sidewalk in Times Square on Thursday. In the immediate aftermath, New Yorkers worried that the incident might have been a terrorist attack, akin to the fatal vehicle-ramming attacks in Stockholm in April or the mass-casualty attack in Nice in 2016. It wasn't: A final determination on the crash has not been made, but the driver of the vehicle, Richard Rojas, may have been under the influence--a far more common threat on U.S. streets than terrorism.

The fatal tragedy might have been a lot deadlier were it not for the work of designers to boost public safety in Times Square over the last decade. The motorist drove north on the west-side sidewalk of Seventh Avenue for three blocks between 42nd Street and 45th Street, when he crashed into steel bollards--public-safety features introduced to Times Square in its recent reconstruction. "The car eventually impaled itself on the bollards," says David Burney, former commissioner of New York City's Department of Design and Construction. "If those bollards hadn't been there, it would have been much worse."

In fact, the death was the first pedestrian traffic fatality in Times Square since 2003. Burney, who is now the director of the Urban Placemaking and Management Program at the Pratt Institute, says that he regular takes his students through Times Square as a case study in how to do traffic calming. Between 2010 and 2017, the architecture firm Snøhetta rebuilt this area, one of the hottest pockets of foot traffic in the world. This redesign work, spread across two-and-a-half acres, included the dedication of a true public plaza for pedestrians in the heart of the Times Square Bowtie, the area between 42nd and 47th Streets along Seventh Avenue and Broadway. Pedestrian injuries in the Bowtie fell from an average of 62 injuries per year in 2006-2008 to 37 in 2014-2016--a 40 percent reduction, according to New York City's Department of Transportation.